Confirmed: Apple Bought the Company That Made the Original Kinect

Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company PrimeSense. This is the same Israeli company that built the original Microsoft Kinect sensor. But that doesn't mean Apple's planning an Xbox competitor anytime soon. »11/25/13 10:42am11/25/13 10:42am

What Apple's Latest Acquisition Says About the Future of Apple TV

Apple just bought a small startup company you probably never heard of called Why is this important? Because it might, maybe, could possibly reveal what Apple sees as the future of Apple TV: a channel-less oasis where it doesn't matter what streaming service you watch your favorite TV show on as long as… »8/14/13 12:20am8/14/13 12:20am

The Amazing Story of How a Savvy Entrepreneur Sold Two Companies You've Probably Never Heard of to Apple

In December of 2009 Apple bought a small startup led by Bill Nguyen named Lala. The company was named after the first words of Nguyen's adopted son. It was also a word play on the solfège note "La". Lala struggled through pivot after pivot in the music industry, buying digital radio stations, a CD swapping business… »1/18/13 11:27am1/18/13 11:27am

Google Just Bought Its Instagram Competitor—And One of Apple's Favorite Apps

Google has just made a big photo buy—it has acquired Nik Software, a.k.a the company behind iOS app Snapseed and other image software. It's a big boost to Google's picture editing capabilities, though Facebook and Instagram are probably not freaking out so much as definitely listening to this news. »9/17/12 12:01pm9/17/12 12:01pm